SYA Travel Soccer

SYA Travel Soccer

SYA Travel Soccer provides all components of competitive youth soccer for boys and girls in an environment that promotes excellence, sportsmanship, self-confidence, and respect to ensure that each player achieves their soccer goals, realizes their full soccer potential and fall in love with the game of soccer. The travel program consists of varying levels of play for the young athlete increasing in level of play and level of competition.  All levels within the SYA travel program are led by the SYA Travel Technical Staff.

U6-U7 ETP- Emerging Talent Program 
In addition to our House Program listed above.  Your player will have the opportunity to be nominated and invited into our Emerging Talent Program (ETP).  ETP is focused on talented and enthusiastic Recreation players and its mission is to focus on individual player development.. The SYA ETP serves as a direct bridge from the Recreation program to the U8 Academy. In the ETP program, the players in each age group train together at a centralized location in player pools rather than on individual teams. To be eligible to participate in the ETP Program the player must be currently registered in the SYA Recreation Program and must be invited by the Director of the ETP and U8 Academy, Girls -  Craig Scott craig@syasoccer.org or Director of the ETP and U8 Academy, Boys - Adam Baumgardner syasoccer13@gmail.com.                   

U8 Pre-Travel Academy  
U8 Academy follows a comprehensive training plan developed and implemented by highly qualified professional staff.  Focus and priority of the program will be on individual player development rather than team success, and will be specifically focused to increase the player’s technical and tactical skills. Academy players will take part in twice weekly training sessions, crossover U8 games with fellow CCL clubs and winter indoor training and league games.  This structure will bridge the gap between Recreation and Travel Soccer.  This 10 month program is mid-year but we are still accepting try-outs on an individual basis for interested and dedicated players. Please contact Coach Craig Scott at craig@syasoccer.org if you are interested in an evaluation for your daughter or Coach Adam Baumgardner at syasoccer13@gmail.com if you are interested in an evaluation for your son.

U9-U19 Elite Travel Program
SYA is widely regarded as one of the top clubs in the region and is a member of the CCL and NCSL. The club has produced many players that have gone on to individual success at the NCAA Division, I, II, and III levels as well as developed players that have gone on to play professionally. Most recently Griffin Yow of SYA's '02 Boys Red signed his contract with DC United. We are proud of our many State Cup champions and furthermore our multitude of finalists and semi-finalists.
Our coaches have coached all ages and abilities, from the youngest players to college and national teams. Many have played at the game’s highest levels as well, including on national teams and professional teams. They bring a wealth of experience and a variety of perspectives. SYA has a strong club environment with emphasis on teams training together, scrimmaging one another, and club passing players to offer them varied experiences in order to help them develop into the strongest soccer players they can be. Coaches work closely with each other and share a common vision with regard to player development and the club’s future opportunities.
SYA Travel offers unique programs, such as our inclusive Travel Academy for teams from U9-U12. The Academy program began on a limited basis in the late 1990s but began in earnest about ten years ago and has expanded and improved annually ever since. Through Academy, all of our youngest players are afforded the chance to work with not only our top coaches but other top trainers as well. These sessions include speed and agility training and professional goalie training (also available for older goalkeepers). U8 players have a separate academy to help challenge top young players.

U19-College:
CCL Pro23PRO23, the peak of the CCL’s developmental pyramid, offers competitive play for Men and Women (separate divisions) from June-July.  PRO23 offers clubs a player retention opportunity providing current college players the opportunity to come home and play for the club that helped develop and prepare them for collegiate soccer.  Top youth players and former collegiate/professional players round out PRO23 rosters to offer a one-of-a-kind off-season development experience.  Older players mentor younger players and all continue their pursuit of soccer excellence.

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'05 Girls Red Win State Cup Title!

'05 Girls Red Win State Cup Title!

The '05 Cardinals started their State Cup journey on April 27, 2019. The team saw their last journey in the Final Four cut short in 2017. The '05 girls are coached by Paul Ellis and assisted by Gary Malebranche. SYA came into their 1 st game ranked 5 th in State Cup bracket and closed out a 1-0 win against Mclean ranked 13 th . It was a tight match that saw a goal by forward Lilly Villareal with an assist from midfielder Carrie Tulk.


The Quarterfinal match showcased SYA v SOCA 05G Elite. This matchup on May 4 proved to be a hard fought match that resulted in SYA coming out on top 1-0 with a lone goal from forward Brianna Lawrence. With this win, SYA secured their place for return to the State Cup Final Four. Going into the Final Four weekend the girls had been training and working hard. The energy was palpable and the confidence and desire to make it to the end was evident. Each member of the team wanted the championship and worked together to achieve their goal.


The semi-final game saw SYA facing NVSC. The last time these two faced off, SYA came away with the 1-0 win. The girls knew that NVSC was going to come out strong and want redemption. SYA started out with some nerves and NVSC took advantage with a goal at the 10 minute mark. The girls were not going down without a fight. The next 20 minutes were back and forth and SYA then tied it up 30 minutes in with a corner kick, from Mia Smith to Brianna Lawrence. This was all the fuel SYA needed and went into the 2nd half with momentum. SYA saw their winning goal with 10 left in the second half on a throw in from Leila Lajdel to Sam James. That goal clinched the trip to the finals.


The finals on Sunday May 19 proved to be the hottest match of the year, both in temperature and competition. In the previous two match-ups with Beach FC, the results were split, with one win going to each club. Beach started in quick, right after the whistle. They were taking shots on goal and keeping the SYA keeper, Sophie Larkin busy. Beach found the back of the net on a break away at the 18:12 mark and SYA found themselves facing an uphill battle. The end of the 1st saw Beach holding the lead, but SYA kept fighting. Sam James was fouled on a break away in the box that led to a PK goal by Bri Lawrence at 20:03 in the 2nd. At the end of regulation the match was tied 1-1, and the game went into OT. Overtime was two 10 minutes halves that must be played, no sudden death. SYA found themselves with the ball on a breakaway pass from Leila Lajdel to Sam James to take the 2-1 lead. SYA would hold on for the remaining 10 minute overtime half and come away 2019 05 State Cup Champions.

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Office Location:
5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 471
Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
Fax: (703) 815-2180
E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org